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they're better than vinyl gloves....but i think nitrile gloves are pretty comparable.
really, i wouldn't stress. hospitals have to provide employees with gloves that they're not allergic to....it's an osha requirement.
really???? i hate to burst everyone's bubble but none of the above will help this student.
gorgor, i am a rn, i worked in an er for 9yrs 3 months and 18 days until poof!i had a extremely bad reaction and had to quit working. now i can barely leave my house without premedicating and/or taking "moon suit".
here are a few facts for you to consider and for others to learn.
1. powder free does not mean that the gloves do not contain any powder, it means that the powder has been applied and the excess removed.
2. latex proteins adhere to the powder and when the gloves are pulled off the latex is then scattered throughout the room, floor or unit and then pulled into the air system to be blown back all over the hospital.
3. handling items in the area when not caring directly for a patient will expose your hands to the same proteins that are present in the gloves.
4. if a latex-allergic patient has to go to surgery they are slated as the first patient of the day, they are held in an isolation/latex-free room, all supplies are ordered special for that specific patient. and we get a little extra med before anything else is done.
5. cotton gloves will not work as the latex proteins are smaller than the weave of the gloves and pass through very easily.
request nitrile gloves, they are one of the best alternatives. i have used them many times. as far as starting ivs, most all of my colleges in the er did the same as i did, we pulled the tip off one finger and used that finger to find veins. unless, of course, you could drive a mac truck through the vein, then you did not have to hunt for one.
do not let anyone try to tell you that you cannot :angryfirebe allergic to latex or neoprene, it is very possible. also if you have problems with latex gloves start watching your diet as there are many cross-reactive items in the food world.
the latex allergy forum is a group on yahoo where latex allergic people exchange ideas, stories and much information about the allergy.:typing there are members literally from around the world that all come for support and info. check it out. i do not know where you live but you best start looking for an allergist that knows about latex allergies because if you do not have one lined up and you have a severe reaction you may have a very difficult time.